Inspired by Nature

Heart 2 Heart Challenges asks what it looks like outside where you are?  My Craft Coop windows are flanked with trees that are bit by bit losing their leaves.

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My card was inspired by those leaves falling in the breeze and a card that I had seen on Pinterest here.  I love perusing Pinterest for card ideas there are so many wonderful artists to gain inspiration from, however I always put my own twist on the card.

I have always loved (until recently) sending happy mail so I seem to be getting a lot of use out of this Hello Friend Sentiment from the Grateful Heart Cardmaking Stamp set.

I hope you’ll consider checking out the Heart 2 Heart Challenges – their challenges are posted weekly but open for the entire month so it gives you lots of time to participate.

Thanks for stopping by…happy fall y’all!

 

 

Snowflakes Glisten

My friend Debi (who was never going to do challenges) has been sharing the posts at Heart 2 Heart and I’ve been inspired to go take a peek at what she’s been up to and of course I decided that I needed to play along!

Since I was in the Coop early this morning and got a few things done that NEEDED done I discovered some extra play time so TWO blog posts in one day.

The Challenge for the week of October 22nd was called Glitter & Glam and since everyone knows that Blings My Thing how could I not play along?!  I knew right away that I wanted to use a big snowflake cut from Sugarplum Glitter Paper, I also knew that I wanted to use the barnwood paper from the Seasonal Mixins (such a fun packet of paper).  I turned to my trusty Love of Color Guide and found that Mink, Eggplant and Sugarplum would make a delightful color trio.  I also had some retired Eggplant shimmer ribbon so it made perfect sense to use it.  I sprinkled a few bitty and regular sparkles around the card to add a little more “Glam”.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card…now I’m off to feed a calf and start the regular chores of my day!  BTW it’s 5:30am and I think it’s going to be a long day!

Pumpkin Time

I’m starting my morning much like I started yesterday only much earlier – it’s only 4:30am and I’ve been in The Coop for an hour and a half after not being able to sleep since midnight (may as well let hubby sleep instead of keeping him awake with my tossing and turning).

Yesterday morning I stopped by the Heart 2 Heart Challenge and learned about their Pumpkin Spice challenge – the last one of October – their actually keeping the date open until Saturday, November 3rd.  My plans to participate yesterday were a little derailed, but here I am ready now to participate.

I love fall…the rich colors of the leaves, cooler weather and it’s holiday season!  I’m not much of a Pumpkin Spice Girl – however I do like pumpkin pie.  Do you?  I’ve found it’s either a love it or hate it kind of thing.  I used to tell my mom that it was great for breakfast and I was getting my serving of vegetables out of the way.

OK, ok, the card!  I loved this PML card that was in the Grateful Heart paper packet.  I stamped the Hello Friend stamp from the coordinating stamp set and layered it on New England Ivy CS which was then layered on Fern and finally the Saffron B&T from the same paper packet.  I used some retired NEI Twine for a simple accent.

If you get some time stop by the Heart 2 Heart Challenges – they have a new challenge weekly, but allow you to link up the entire month so even if week 1 doesn’t work, but you like the challenge you still have time to play!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Double Trouble #5

Here we go again causing trouble and moving Christmas to July!!!  What else would you expect from the Double Trouble Gang!

Thing 1 is making her list and checking it twice and gonna find out who’s playing along with our challenges or being nice!  Her challenge this week is to create anything Christmas and include a sentiment or journaling.

If you’ve been following me for long you know that my “thing” is fun-fold or fancy-fold cards so our TWIST this week is to submit something other than a standard A2 fold card.

Thing 3 found a great challenge for us to link up with…the team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is also celebrating Christmas in July (we may have led them astray just a bit)

So, here’s my card…it’s called the Impossible Card, but seriously it is probably the easiest fun fold card I’ve ever done and it folds flat to mail.  Just search Pinterest and you’ll find several tutorials.

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Although I’ve seen this years Close to My Heart Christmas paper choices – trust me YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THEM, I’m choosing to use papers from last year.  I started with a Fern colored base and then added a strip of New England Ivy to which I adhered one of the zip strips.  I then added a sentiment stamped on one of the circle die cuts.  For my focus panel I layered the poinsettia paper on NEI and then layered a Cricut flower popped up over a strip of Silver glitter paper.

I sincerely hope you’ll add some Double Trouble to your life…we are seriously one of the funnest Challenge Blogs around, in my humble opinion of course!

Sending Lemony Smiles

It’s the last day of May and I realized I have not expressed my love of the May Stamp of the Month, Classic Summer Bash, nearly enough!

I invested in a Misti stamping tool and have been looking up techniques on Pinterest and found a great video on how to create a wreath template and my brain went to work.  I had seen that Atlantic Hearts Sketch #266 was featuring a wreath so combining the two,  then I stumbled upon the Heart to Heart When Life Hands You Lemons challenge and it all came together for me to participate in a couple of challenge and accomplish my goal of sharing one more card with this sweet stamp set.

Make sure that you don’t waste anytime getting the May Stamp of the Month – it goes away at midnight tonight!  You can click on the picture below and go straight to my shopping page where you can add the stamp set to your cart.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ve enjoyed my card…my new motto is “when life hands you lemons – grab the Tequilla and Salt”

 

Update:  My card was selected to the Top 3 at Atlantic Hearts…beyond thrilled!!!

 

Swinging Easter

I love sending Easter cards and this year with a little help from my Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge my cards are simple yet whimsical.

I used Pansy & Canary for my card bases and a scrap of the Kaleidoscope papers from my scrap bin.  All the little colors have always reminded me of jelly beans and it’s just such happy colors.

I decided to link up with the Heart to Heart Challenge – Whims-ical, because afterall I’ve never really seen any bunny hopping around the yard wearing a jelly bean fur coat and hiding eggs.

Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me today, I’d love it if you’d take a minute and leave me a comment.

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Tea for Heart to Heart

This week the theme at the Heart to Heart Challenge blog is Tea Time.  Although the March Close to My Heart Stamp of the month was a fun tea-cup themed stamp set, I decided I wanted to do something a little different.

I grabbed some left over papers from my Sugar Rush paper packet layered them up and stamped one of the sentiments from the SOTM in the bottom corner.  I then cut the cute tea pot and overlay from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge.  You can’t see real well in my photo, but I used the clear shimmer brush on the tea pot and added a clear sparkle gem to the lid.  So easy and fun!

There was a bit of a question if I would get home in time to get my card and post done, but when this girl is on a mission she usually accomplishes it.  I had fun playing along with each of the weekly challenges at Heart 2 Heart this month.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts.

I challenge you to stop by one of the many challenge blogs (preferably the Color Dare since I’m a Design Team member) and get some inspiration.

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